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Failed by the state

November 1, 2020

Vol 45 • No 38

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Thousands of unemployment claims remain locked by state

Fraud prevention efforts by the Division of Workforce Services have slowed the flow of aid to jobless Arkansans.

Pandemic puts live music venues on the riverfront in choppy economic waters

While barbershops and churches and gyms and restaurants across the country are easing their doors open incrementally, theaters, nightclubs and performing arts centers remain mostly dark. Worse, many of them have been deprioritized or left out altogether when it comes to monetary relief packages.

Inconsequential News Quiz: Defense Against the Dark Arts Edition

Play in jail, while still pissed over your broken headphones.

‘Strangeness in the Proportion’: A Q&A with Jen Fawkes

We talk with author Jen Fawkes about her debut short story collection, "Mannequin and Wife," ahead of her appearance at Central Arkansas Library System's Six Bridges Book Festival Saturday, Oct. 17.

What Justice Barrett will mean for the Supreme Court

Nothing good.

In the wake of the Central High crisis, crime and injustice

The 1960 bombing of the home of Carlotta Walls and the sham investigation that followed.

November, mon amour

It is mid-October where we are and The Observer finds ourself again at one of these moments — plentiful in the last few years — when you, Dear Reader, know something that we don’t.

Saracen Casino Resort goes all in on dining

“We’re going to be a culinary and hospitality destination like no other in the state, I say even region,” said Todd Gold, director of food and beverage at Saracen Casino. Gold knows that people are going to come to try their luck on the games. “But we want just as many to come here to dine, and then they’ll go play the games,” he said.

Medical marijuana dispensaries short on flower supply; ABC's hands are tied, it says

As the number of medical marijuana patients in the state has surged past 80,000, dispensaries have reported difficulty obtaining flower from the state’s four operating cultivators, with some cannabis strains unavailable entirely.